Donald Trump is president. That short, four-word sentence belies the enormity of what it represents for American politics. Last year’s primary and then general election was unlike anything we’d seen before and for good reason. The political rot of both parties had set in so deeply that a singular candidate like Trump could sweep them both away. Remember, the man hadn’t run for anything before, fatally putting the lie to the need for parasitic consultants and career politicians of stunning mediocrity.
Republicans were aghast to learn that the “base” didn’t care to eat the dog food it arrayed before them last year. “The deepest bench” of candidates turned out to be simply a large number of political apparatchiks, eager to continue to do the bidding of their donors, only this time from the Oval Office.
Democrats were horrified to see–even in the primary–Trump steal what used to be considered their issues and were then flattened when they realized he had stolen their voters in order to beat the deeply corrupt Hillary Clinton. Like Republicans, Democrats had long abandoned their traditional base while paying only the most disingenuous lip service to them. People aren’t stupid.More.
Reality check: No, people aren’t stupid in principle but we are often willing to act stupid in order to not be seen as stupid (or bad) and maybe punishable. To break the logjam, we tend to need an actual political choice. Odds on whether it could happen in Canada?
See also: Could the cultural left be facing bankruptcy? (John Gilmore) No! The cultural left can’t go bankrupt until a number of trans harassment scandals surface too! Equality in diversity. Grab a beverage and read the rest.